By Samson Echenim
The economic programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration are not only succeeding, but are also reliable, Dakuku Peterside, director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said.
Peterside stated this at the seventh edition of the Pan African International Recognition Awards/Annual Discourse held in Accra, Ghana.
His remarks followed the recognition of NIMASA as the “Most Reliable Government Organisation of the Year” at the occasion, a statement by the agency’s spokesman, Isichei Osamgbi said.
Organisers of the annual awards, Pan African International magazine, said NIMASA was recognised for “its giant achievements in the maritime sector, locally and globally.”
The theme of this year’s event was, “Driving Growth and Sustainable Economic Development through Good Governance – Improving Structures and Policies in Africa.” It was a forum to showcase and honour leaders, organisations, and individuals who had shown commitment to the development of the continent.
Dakuku said at the award ceremony, “This honour is a testament to the success and dependability of President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic agenda. We keyed in a long time ago, and we have been running with the vision of the President to restore Nigeria to greatness.
“At NIMASA, we are also pursuing a transformational agenda, and this award is testimony to the effectiveness of our strategy.
“We are doing our bit as a strategic economic pillar in the collective task of delivering progress to majority of Nigerians.”
Bashir Jamoh, executive director, Finance and Administration, who represented the director-general, received the award on behalf of the agency.
The event had Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, professor and director of the Kenya School of Law, as keynote speaker.
The award ceremony brought together renowned intellectuals and financial experts from across the globe to proffer solutions to the varied challenges facing African countries. It was an opportunity for African political and business leaders, government agencies, research institutions and investors to meet and proffer solutions to the challenges of unemployment, terrorism, insecurity and corruption, which have prevented most African countries from reaching their developmental potential.
The 2019 award is the latest recognition of the efforts by NIMASA, under the current management, to positively contribute to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria, and the African continent, in general. It comes on the heels of the “Outstanding Invaluable Company Award”, which Rotary International conferred on the Agency in March for various Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives it has embarked on in recent times.